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Finding Your Admissions Counselor

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How to Activate Your NetID and Password

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General Education Core Curriculum

Learn more about the core classes required for all majors.

Texas State recognizes the stress and uncertainty created by the current health crisis, cancellation of national test dates and closing of high schools. We have taken steps to assist prospective students with these situations.

COVID-19 Admissions FAQ

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Incoming Freshman FAQs

Admissions Requirements

  • If you rank in the top 75 percent of your high school graduating class, and your class rank and test scores place you near the assured admission requirements, you may be eligible for our holistic review process. Spaces fill quickly and applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

  • For admission, a high school class rank is required.

    If your high school does not rank, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will assign you a class rank based on an individual review of your academic credentials. This review will take into account curriculum and grades, as well as other factors. You are encouraged to send us your high school's profile, as well.

    In accordance with Senate Bill 1543 (SB1543), applicants for admission who present evidence of completion of a nontraditional secondary education without an official class rank will have a class rank assigned by Texas State. The class rank will be comparable to the average class rank of other applicants who have equivalent ACT or SAT scores. A nontraditional secondary education includes Homeschool and GED graduates. Texas State requires an official homeschool or GED transcript to demonstrate evidence of completion.

    Keep in mind that assigning you a rank may make your admission process take a while longer.

    For more information regarding the admission process for applicants from non-ranking schools or other educational programs, contact your freshman Admission Counselor.

  • If you are a graduate of a non-accredited high school, your application will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This review will take into account your full academic record, including ACT/SAT scores, curriculum and grades, admission essay, service to the school/community and class rank.

  • A transfer student is someone who has completed credit hours after he or she has graduated from high school. If you are in high school and have dual credit hours, you will need to meet freshman admission standards and have a 2.0 GPA in transferable coursework.

  • No. While you can bring in credit hours from AP, IB or CLEP for your degree, these tests will not count for admission purposes.

Application Questions

Transfer Student FAQs

  • You must have at least 16 transferable credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, or 30 transferable credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher, to meet the assured admission requirements for transfers. Applicants who do not meet the assured admission requirements will be considered through a holistic review process.

  • Visit the campus tours page to schedule a campus tour or go to the Events page  to learn more about special visit days for prospective students and their families. To schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor, call 512.245.2364.

  • Texas State is committed to providing fee waivers to students with demonstrated need. To qualify for an application fee waiver, you must be a United States citizen, permanent resident or a student identified under Senate Bill 1528 and demonstrate that paying the application fee causes a serious financial hardship. Our Fee Waiver page has more information on how to apply for a fee waiver.

  • Applications should be completed by the Admission Priority Dates for each semester.

  • An official transcript can be obtained from a college or university Registrar’s office and must have the Registrar’s signature and seal. Faxed transcripts and grade reports are not official and will not be accepted. Official transcripts may be sent electronically, mailed or hand-delivered to our office:

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Richard A. Castro Undergraduate Admissions Center
    429 N. Guadalupe Street
    San Marcos, TX 78666

  • Information about transfer course credit and our online equivalency guide may be found on our Transfer Credit Evaluation web page. After your complete application to Texas State is processed, we will provide an evaluation of your transferable course work.

  • If the course transfers to Texas State, then the grade also transfers. Be aware that WF's and Incompletes factor into your transfer GPA as F's.

  • A Texas State student will have three GPA's: a transfer GPA, a Texas State GPA, and a cumulative GPA. A transfer GPA is used to determine your admission, a Texas State GPA represents the course work completed at Texas State, and a cumulative GPA reflects all the course work.

  • When a course is repeated, the grade for the first attempt is excluded and the grade for the second attempt is included in computing the hours attempted, grade points earned, and GPA. All subsequent attempts will also be included in hours and GPA computations, with only the first attempt excluded.

    A course taken at Texas State will only be excluded if it is repeated at Texas State. A course taken for transfer credit at an institution other that Texas State will only be excluded if it is repeated as transfer credit at an institution other that Texas State.

  • All new students, and students returning after at least one long (fall or spring) semester, are required to complete New Student Orientation (NSO). Freshmen participate in an on-campus program, while all other new and returning students complete NSO online. Find out more information by visiting the NSO page or calling 512.245.3655.

  • The University's Housing Policy requires students under the age of 20 (by September 1 for fall admission or January 1 for spring admission) with fewer than 30 credit hours to live in on-campus university housing. All students who graduated from high school within the preceding 12 months of the semester of their admission are also required to live on campus.

    Students must submit a housing contract, which is binding for the academic year. Exceptions may be granted if a student lives at a parent's or legal guardian's permanent home within a sixty mile radius of Texas State. Students requesting an exception must complete a residence hall exemption request and submit it to the department.

  • If you have submitted an application or been admitted but not yet enrolled in classes, you may make changes or corrections to your personal information by submitting a completed Personal Information Update Request form to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  • To check the status of your application, visit the Application Status Check.

  • We do not require admitted students to formally accept our offer of admission to Texas State. You confirm that you intend to enroll for the term you are admitted by signing up for New Student Orientation (NSO), completing your housing contract and submitting your housing prepayment. Additional information is available on the Next Steps page of our website.

  • Yes. Students who have previously applied must reapply for a future semester. If you would like assistance with planning your transfer and selecting courses for transfer, please call 512.245.2364 and ask to speak with a transfer counselor.

  • If you have been denied, we recommend taking immediate action to raise your academic profile by increasing your cumulative GPA.

  • Yes. If you'd like to appeal our decision, you (the student) must submit a formal letter of appeal to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For an appeal to be effective, it must bring to light new academic information as well as information regarding extenuating circumstances that were not included in the application. The Admission Appeal Committee will notify you of their decision by mail three to six weeks after they have received your appeal letter.

    Send all appeal documents to:

    Texas State University
    The Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Richard A. Castro Undergraduate Admissions Center
    429 N Guadalupe St.
    San Marcos, TX 78666

    or email us at processing@txstate.edu, subject line Appeal Request.

  • Students who have not enrolled in any accredited college or university for five or more consecutive calendar years immediately preceding the semester they wish to enroll may qualify for admission through Academic Bankruptcy. Under this policy, all college-level work done at an earlier date is eliminated from computation of the GPA and none of it is applied toward a degree at Texas State. Such work, however, will not be removed from the student’s records. If academic bankruptcy is granted, an applicant will be admitted on probation. Academic bankruptcy may also impact a student's degree plan and academic rules.

    In order to request permission to declare academic bankruptcy, students must first meet with an admissions counselor to discuss their options. Be sure to review the information about Academic Forgiveness before requesting an appointment.

  • Under the provisions of the Texas Education Code, the Academic Fresh Start program was established to allow a Texas resident to apply for admission and elect to have all academic course work earned 10 or more years prior to the requested enrollment date ignored for admission purposes. Individuals who choose Academic Fresh Start, including returning Texas State students, must meet current published admission criteria for Texas State and must submit official records from all colleges attended. Students admitted under this provision will not receive any course credit for courses taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment. Academic Fresh Start may impact a student's degree plan and academic rules.

    In order to request Academic Fresh Start, students must first meet with an admissions counselor to discuss their options. Be sure to review the information about Academic Forgiveness before requesting an appointment.

International Student FAQs

Note: If you are unable to find an answer in the questions below, please send your question to our Processing team. Make sure to include the word "international" in the subject line of your email.

If you have questions about the immigration or visa process, please contact International Student and Scholar Services. They will be the best resource to answer your question(s).

Admitted Student FAQs

Admitted Student FAQs

Meningitis Vaccine FAQ

New Student Orientation (NSO) FAQs

About NSO

  • All new students admitted to Texas State, as well as all students readmitted after one long (fall or spring) semester or more, are required to complete New Student Orientation. Students who do not complete NSO will not be allowed to register for classes.

  • Texas State University is committed to your success and believes that NSO establishes the foundation for this. Studies have shown that students attending orientation programs have higher GPAs and retention rates than those who do not.

  • No. Freshmen will meet with an Academic Advisor as part of their on-campus orientation session. For all other students, you must complete virtual NSO prior to meeting with an Academic Advisor.

  • Yes, you are expected to complete all required NSO activities (in-person or online, depending on student type) in order to register for classes.

NSO Registration and Fees

Other New Student Questions

Bobcat Day FAQs

Bobcat Days, our premier open house events, are held four times a year. For information about COVID-specific changes to Bobcat Days, please see the COVID-19 section at the top of this page or visit the Bobcat Day page.

  • Bobcat Day is your opportunity to experience Texas State and get a glimpse of life as a Bobcat. During your day with us you can tour our beautiful campus, visit with faculty and advisors, learn about admission policies and talk with students, administrators and student support specialists.

    Whether you are just starting your college search or are already accepted to Texas State, we would love for you to come and experience Bobcat Country!

  • Bobcat Day activities, including parking, are free! You will want to bring some money for meals and Texas State souvenirs, both of which can be purchased on campus.

  • Check in is from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in the LBJ Student Center. To get the most out of Bobcat Day, we recommend that you arrive during that time. Remember to bring your pre-registration check-in email.

  • Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and there are activities you can choose to do until 3:00 p.m.

  • No, it does not. You can sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO) on the NSO web page.

  • Please print out and bring your pre-registration confirmation email to expedite the check-in process.

    Bobcat Day is a casual event, so dress comfortably and wear walking shoes.

  • We recommend you pre-register to make the check in process smoother. Bobcat Day registration is available online.

  • Follow the signs and the people directing traffic once you arrive on campus. Make sure you pay attention to where you park, so you can find your way back to your vehicle at the end of Bobcat Day.

  • You may turn in your transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. that day:

    Richard A. Castro Undergraduate Admissions Center
    429 N. Guadalupe Street
    San Marcos, TX 78666

  • Counselors are available at the Admissions Information Sessions and in the Academic Majors & Student Services Fair. Academic Advisors will not be available for individual meetings on Bobcat Day.

  • Student-guided campus walks are available on Bobcat Day beginning at 8:30 a.m. There is no need to pre-register. Walks depart every 15 minutes from the Alkek Library breezeway and they last about 30-45 minutes. The last group departs at 1 p.m. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Large Group Visit FAQs

Large Group Visits have been temporarily suspended, but will resume on a limited basis when possible. Please visit the Large Group Tours webpage or contact the Alumni and Future Student Welcome Center for additional information.

  • Yes! When visiting campus, your group is welcome to eat at one of our five Dining Halls across campus. To purchase meal tickets for your group, please contact Dining Services.

  • As a safety precaution, we ask that all groups be accommodated by at least 2 adults. We strongly recommend 1 adult for every 10 students.

  • If anyone in your group has special needs, please contact the Welcome Center at least two weeks prior to your arrival to discuss how we can best meet those needs.

  • The Campus Tour will last about one hour and fifteen minutes. This will be a walking tour, so please have your students dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. As you may know, the campus is hilly. Plan to walk approximately one mile and climb several flights of stairs.

    The Information Session usually lasts fifteen to thirty minutes, and includes information on Admissions, Financial Aid and Housing.

  • Due to high demand for on-campus housing, Texas State does not presently have a Residence Hall showroom available for large group viewing. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • If a light rain is falling, the tour will continue as planned. However, if it is raining heavily, the Welcome Center staff may postpone the tour until the weather clears or move the tour to the library. Other weather conditions may also prompt the staff to decide to change or adjust the tour. Our priority is the safety of the group. No tours leave the LBJ Student Center if there is lightning or hail.